Friday, June 25, 2010

Dutch domination continues..

6:30 PM GMT, June 24, 2010
Green Point Stadium, Cape Town, South Africa

1 - 2

Holland made it three wins from as many Group E matches with victory in their dead rubber against Cameroon in Cape Town.

Scoring Summary

Samuel Eto'o (pen 65')Robin Van Persie (36')
 Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (83')

Man of the Match: Arjen Robben


  • Man of the Match: Arjen Robben - While the Dutch were generally solid and occasionally produced flashes of quality, Robben's 73rd-minute introduction suggested the Dutch have every reason to dream of a first World Cup triumph this summer. He was inventive and bright, and the strike that came off the post to provide Klaas-Jan Huntelaar with the winner was sublime.

  • Cameroon verdict: Uninventive, the Indomitable Lions were always looking for Geremi to provide the ammunition but his delivery was not quite up to scratch. Eto'o provided moments of genuine quality, and a young Aboubakar looked lively after being brought on, but it was an uninspired performance from a team that had already failed to live up to their potential and suffered the ignominy of an exit before the final game had begun.

  • Netherlands verdict: Far from their best, the Oranje played in second gear for much of the game, not really coming alive until Robben's introduction. There were flashes of quality to suggest that they may be genuine contenders but, in a listless match in which they simply looked to stay in control, they rarely looked troubled.

  • Could do better: Rigobert Song - A seasoned veteran, Song looked well out of his depth when he came on for a brief cameo. Should be honoured for his tremendous commitment to the national team, but he showed that it is time to step aside and let some young blood step into the national set-up. Showed zero pace and Robben ran him ragged.

  • Stat attack: Cameroon have never conceded first and come back to win. In 1998, the Indomitable Lions came back from one down to draw against Chile.

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